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... Flemish language is perfect Dutch - until a “Flem" starts to talk to you - when the first word may be "Allez!" which is French, and the rest sounds like a totally foreign language. So it is much easier to frown and communicate in English.
While on the subject of English, I think, almost without exception, everyone in Holland speaks English or at least some English. Even my old Mum (when she was still alive) could speak some English because all movies and ...
... by 5 and a little bit meters wide. Our first stop on the Sambre was the Abbaye d'Aulne, where we had a super lunch at one of the local taverns. Then we went to visit the ruins of the abbey. They were amazing. It was originally built as a monastery around the 600's. In 1147'it was given to Saint Bernard, the Cistercian movement reformer. The Cistercians developed it into an important abbey, with a church, a home for the monks, a wing for the abbot, and a wing ...
... country pub filled with Australians trying to dry out and warm up afterwards or the very peculiar sight of Australian flags flying throughout a village so far from home. I'm not sure which... But today was one we'll remember for sure. Villers Bretonneux is a town committed to honouring sacrifice. The main streets in the tiny village are named after Australian towns, and the school displays prominently a banner declaring they will never forget ...
... spotted Gabriel Gate filming for one of his Tour de France spots he front row. We stood next to him and had a good chat....filled the hour in nicely. He asked Sandy if she learnt her French from a family member or at Uni....another French person impressed with her accent.
So you must watch the Tour de France night when the riders are in Ypres ....and watch for ...
... Spanish Flu and various Commonwealth graves. The British made the decision that no British soldiers would be expatriated. New Zealanders were usually buried close to where they fell. It also began as they all did (until lack of room dictated a change) with officers being buried in the rows in front of their soldiers. As they were buried in coffins their spaces were wider than the soldiers who were simply wrapped in a blanket. Any place where there was a wider distance or a gap ...